Chandigarh: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Punjab president Dr Paramjit Maan has termed Punjab government’s move to honour two hospitals — one government and one private — each in all the districts of the state for their notable contribution in implementing the Ayushman Mukh Mantri Sehat Yojna during the district-level Independence Day function as a “farce”.
Instead of releasing long pending payments under the Ayushman scheme, the Punjab government was trying to play such gimmicks, said Dr Maan. “The IMA, Punjab does not only condemn the double standards of the Punjab government but also refuses to accept the appreciation letters sans release of pending payments of the hospitals,” he said, adding that though the Punjab government had been recognising their notable contribution in extending healthcare services but adopting dilly-dallying approach in releasing the due payments.
Dr Maan said as per the available information, the Punjab government had recently released a sum of Rs 10 crore out of total pending payment of Rs 16 crore to the PGI Chandigarh under the scheme which amounted to 60 per cent. However, the government had not released more than 10-15 per cent of the total payments due to hospitals serving in Punjab.